Here is one of my responses for a college class. The question presented was asking why I thought we had wars. My response–
My explanation as to why we have wars, initially, would be a list of emotional responses related to fear and anger. War, by my definition, is a response of inability to mediate between two sides. A pompous perspective on my part that maturity and wisdom has failed, homo sapiens inability to resolve differences is the culprit of war, in a nutshell.
Tuesday evening on “The Pioneers” episode of Finding Your Roots airing with Gloria Steinem, she paused and made this statement—
“To go into battle, to free people, is certainly honorable and necessary,
but I am not sure that the ends justify those means. What I am about
to say is maybe, not rational –You know how people now say the greatest
generation, about people who were in World War II? I think the greatest generation
will be the one that doesn’t go to war.”
Gave me something else to consider. Going to the opposite end of injustices such as genocide by one race/religion/or other identifier can just as easily be brought about by man’s attempt at utopian construction, by example from literary forms such as Orwell’s 1984, or in life by Hitler’s persecution of Jews, and Jim Jones’ Guyanese society.
Trying to contemplate an evolved state where our inability to exist without infringement upon one another is a part of our history that no longer exists is difficult to imagine. But like Steinem, I too, hope that someday we can find an ability to mediate between two sides, rather than resort to a genetic survival mode of fight or flight. A time when our ability to self actualization has found a universal way to express, believe and live without attack or degradation of one another ending the need to defend one another to death.
Finding Your Roots; PBS Television website; The Pioneers Episode video; Link: http://www.pbs.org/weta/finding-your-roots/the-pioneers-full-episode/15613/
So, there, I shared. This is how my collegiate response voice says what my normal voice would say: we humans, for all our superiority and intelligence, we be stupid sometimes.